Cook played in 163 major league games, hitting .201 with seven home runs for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets. After hitting 32 home runs in the minors in 1959, Cook was promoted to the Reds and hit .381 in nine games. Unfortunately he was never able to replicate that success. His average dropped to .208 in 1960 as he played in 54 games and hit three home runs. He was mostly in the minors in 1961, then appeared in 46 games in 1962, hitting .222 with two home runs. The Reds dealt him to the Mets that season, along with Bob Miller, for Don Zimmer. Cook played in 50 games for the Mets in 1963 but hit just .143. He spent 1964 in the minors before retiring.
For the record, I could find no instance of Cook having three hits against Drysdale in 1960. He faced him on July 27 and was 1-3 with a double. The prior day, July 26, he had four hits against the Dodgers, three off of Johnny Podres and one off Ed Roebuck.
Cliff Cook – career stats